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Old Sep 6th 2002, 3:35 pm
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Hi,

In the interest of my children I was wondering what other langauges the Perthians learn at school. My oldest daughter (age 5) is currently learning French (and she is very good for her age).


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Old Sep 6th 2002, 3:57 pm
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Originally posted by Steve & Family:
Hi,

In the interest of my children I was wondering what other langauges the Perthians learn at school. My oldest daughter (age 5) is currently learning French (and she is very good for her age).

Thankyou

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French is a common second language in schools here, so that's a good one. Italian's fairly common in private Catholic schools.

http://www.eddept.wa.edu.au/ is the Education Dept's website. Look under the "Parents" section and then look up "LOTE" (Languages Other Than English). You should find info on what languages are taught in what schools.

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Hmm.... I wonder if anyone's interested in learning any of the major Asian languages - after all, Australia's closest neighbour is an Asian giant.

I know a U.S. colleague who speaks/reads/writes English (natively), Spanish (took a major in his bachelor's) as well as perfect Mandarin Chinese. I was amazed.

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French is a common second language in schools here, so that's a good one. Italian's fairly common in private Catholic schools.
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Old Sep 6th 2002, 4:34 pm
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My daughter will be pleased - I know she is only 5 (I don't push her) but she really enjoys learning the French language.

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Originally posted by Steve & Family:
My daughter will be pleased - I know she is only 5 (I don't push her) but she really enjoys learning the French language.

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My daughter is also 5 and is learning both Spanish and Dutch. It is so amazing the interest they show at such a young age. I think that it is a wonderful gift for them to have.
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Couldn't agree more - just wished I had the opportunity when I was that young.

I can just about handle English and thats the only language I know
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My boy's learning 2 languages and he's only 20 months old!
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My boy's learning 2 languages and he's only 20 months old!
That is excellent! I wish I had started my daughter out much younger. My fiance' is dutch and we plan on raising our children multi-lingual as well.
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My girl is 5 months old and is already speaking five (5) languages.


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My boy's learning 2 languages and he's only 20 months old!
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<Steve &amp>; "Family" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > Hi,
    > In the interest of my children I was wondering what other langauges the Perthians
    > learn at school. My oldest daughter (age 5) is currently learning French (and she
    > is very good for her age).
    > Thankyou
    > Steve Heading to Perth


Japanese seems a good bet, my daughter has elected for it in year 8.

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Originally posted by Sumatra:
My girl is 5 months old and is already speaking five (5) languages.

Hi Sumatra. Which 5 languages and how many words in each?! ('Mama' 5 ways doesn't count!)
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Well it looks like the French my kids have been learning will be wasted now. They started school last week in Mandurah (near Perth) and will be doing Japanese instead! Some of the classes do Indonesian. Not sure how my eldest will cope with this, as the other kids have been learning Japanese for 3 years and she will have a lot of catching up to do.
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At 5 months old? I remember I was learning and speaking 4 languages when I was 6 years, but at 5 months, I can hardly remember a thing

Originally posted by Sumatra:
My girl is 5 months old and is already speaking five (5) languages.
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Japanese is relatively harder to pick up than Indonesian, IMHO. Like every oriental language, Japanese isn't based on the alphabet, which means learning the language has to be by rote memory at the beginning. Indonesian grammar and syntax is much more relaxed, and is based on the alphabet, albeit with different pronunciation.

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Originally posted by Jacqui:
Well it looks like the French my kids have been learning will be wasted now. They started school last week in Mandurah (near Perth) and will be doing Japanese instead! Some of the classes do Indonesian. Not sure how my eldest will cope with this, as the other kids have been learning Japanese for 3 years and she will have a lot of catching up to do.
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Originally posted by Sumatra:
My girl is 5 months old and is already speaking five (5) languages.
I bet Lord Professor Robert Winston would like to know about this child?!!!!!!

My kids could only make baby noises at 5 months old, but we liked to think we could hear the odd word (but that's being wishful)

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